The Girl on the Train movie review is here. The 2021 Indian Hindi-language mystery thriller film directed by Ribhu Dasgupta is based on British author Paula Hawkins‘ 2015 novel of the same name and features Parineeti Chopra in lead.
The Girl on the Train is currently streaming on Netflix.
The Girl on the Train movie review.
And the award for best ‘prop’ped up performance goes to that kajal (kohl) in Parineeti Chopra’s eyes. That ‘train’ comes second in this terribly failed attempt to Indianize the 2016 Hollywood movie of the same name, which in turn, was adapted from Paula Hawkins’ bestselling novel of the same name. same same, what a shame.
Never would have imagined the amazing Parineeti Chopra, out of focus completely in her worst act, with those raccoon eyes and black nails wandering in the London ‘Bollywood knows’ in completely sloshed condition.
Mind you, I have not read the novel so I went into this one free of the burdens of expectation from adaptation and it gave me the opportunity to watch this one purely as a fresh flick.
While I am not in a position to talk about the adaptation but surely, I can say that this ‘The Girl on the Train’ is a sheer waste of time, energy and a mockery of the genre.
Ribhu Dasgupta’s screenplay (additional screenplay by Viddesh Malandkar) is a clumsy, sluggish mess.
Mira Kapoor (Parineeti Chopra) is an alcoholic out of job divorcee lawyer based in London. In her drunken endeavours Mira travels in the train from London to its suburbs repeatedly. One day she spots the beautiful Nusrat (Aditi Rao Hydari) leading an ideal happy life with her partner Anand Joshi (Shamaun Ahmed). Nusrat is living in the same house where Mira used to live in her happy days with her ex-husband Shekhar Kapoor (Avinash Tiwary) – wah kya meta hai. She develops a strange obsession with Nusrat. One day she sees Nusrat with another man – Dr. Hamid – Nusrat’s psychiatrist (Tota Roy Chowdhury). Mira goes mad with anger as she thinks Nusrat is ruining it. Needless to add Mira’s pati dev Shekhar Kapoor is having an affair with Anjali (Natasha Benton) on the other hand. One day a completely sloshed Mira follows Nusrat and blacks out only to find that Nusrat has gone missing. Officer Kaur (Kirti Kulhari) is handling the case and Mira is the prime suspect. What happens next forms the crux of the narrative.
The writers Ribhu Dasgupta (and Viddesh Malandkar) attempt a hallucinating Hitchcockian atmosphere but fail miserably.
‘The Girl on the Train’ is such a bad mystery. In more able hands it could have been a decent thriller but here it looks like a flat-footed caricature. A theatre of absurdity where intense characters like the cop played by the turban and tight jeans clad Kirti Kulhari turning unintentionally laughable when she tries the gum chewing cop act.
As said earlier Parineeti Chopra has criminally given her worst act till date. She deserves much better and so do we. Now I want to read the novel by British author Paula Hawkins that will be my humble attempt to erase the bad memories formed by this movie. An extra for that Kajal.
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